Mixed emotions for Redbridge boss Spillane after 2-2 draw with Leiston

‘Lot to learn’, says Motormen boss

Redbridge boss Terry Spillane admitted to having mixed emotions following the 2-2 home draw with highly fancied Leiston on Tuesday.

Goals by Ben Bradbury and Dan Trenkel in the final six minutes earned a point for the Motormen, who were two goals down at half time.

But after watching his side hit back from a two-goal deficit for the fourth time this season, Spillane could see both sides of the coin.

He said: “I’d have gladly taken a point at half time when we were 2-0 down. But in the end I’m disappointed we didn’t get all three because we were the better side in the second half.

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“The fact we keep going behind tells me that we’ve got a lot to learn. We’ve got a lot of young boys at the club from the Essex Senior League and we need to improve our concentration.

“But the situation also tells me that we never know when we’re beaten.”

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Redbridge handed a debut to goalkeeper Adam Rafis on Tuesday.

And Spillane is delighted to have the former Romford man on board, despite wondering if the keeper could have enjoyed a more successful first outing.

He said: “Adam is an experienced keeper and I thought he did well last night, although he possibly could have done a bit better for their second goal.”

The draw leaves Redbridge in 12th place in the Ryman Division One North table, with eight points from six games.

And the manager is now relishing the chance to visit Ryman Premier outfit Wingate & Finchley in the FA Cup first preliminary round on Saturday.

Spillane said: “I know their assistant boss Tony Faulkner, the former Ware manager, very well so there will be plenty of banter between us – in fact it’s started already with a few texts flying backwards and forwards.”

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